Infoirmation Week – “In a potential blow to Google’s efforts to establish itself as a major player in enterprise software, a leading public university has ended its evaluation of Gmail as the official e-mail program for its 30,000 faculty and staff members—and it’s got some harsh words for the search giant.” In a joint letter last week to employees, University of California-Davis CIO Peter Siegel, Academic Senate IT chair Niels Jensen, and Campus Council IT chair Joe Kiskis said the school decided to end its Gmail pilot, which could have led to campus-wide deployment, because faculty members doubted Google’s ability to keep their correspondences private.”
Official Google Mobile Blog – “With the latest iteration of Gmail for mobile, we’ve worked to integrate buzz with your mobile inbox. Now, you’ll see buzz in your inbox on your phone just like you do in the desktop version of Gmail, complete with the little Google Buzz icon. When you open a buzz post from your inbox, you can perform all the standard functions, such as liking the post or commenting, just as you can from the desktop Gmail inbox.”
AP – “E-mail has taken a full circle. Over the years, Web-based e-mail services have gotten much better, sporting many features once available only with the e-mail programs that reside on the computer desktop. Now, those desktop programs are borrowing from their Web-based counterparts, such as Google Inc.’s Gmail.
Google Contacts is a sweet addon for Thunderbird if you use both gmail.com and the Firefox e-mail client.
Official Gmail Blog – “With the Gmail button, you can get new message alerts, see previews of your mail and use Toolbar’s search box to find any message no matter what page you’re on.”
Official Gmail Blog – “Today we’re launching a few Labs experiments that let you add gadgets to the left-nav, next to Chat and Labels.”
InfoWorld – “More than 500,000 businesses and universities with about 10 million active users have signed up for the free and fee-based versions of Google Apps”
Bits – “Cemaphore Systems, a company that specializes in e-mail backup services, is expected to announce on Wednesday a new product that allows people to automatically synchronize their e-mail, calendar and address books between Microsoftâ€™s Outlook and Googleâ€™s Gmail.”
Is it me, or is Gmail really slow lately?